SS Green Light Racing Signs Joey Gase MOORESVILLE, N.C., January 25, 2010 -- The SS Green Light Racing team is pleased to announce that sixteen year-old Joey Gase has been signed by the Butch Miller led team for a multi-series developmental ...
SS Green Light Racing Signs Joey Gase
MOORESVILLE, N.C., January 25, 2010 -- The SS Green Light Racing team is pleased to announce that sixteen year-old Joey Gase has been signed by the Butch Miller led team for a multi-series developmental program for 2010.
The talented teen from Cedar Rapids, IA started racing go-karts when he was eight years old, winning his first race in 2001. Gase had several karting championships under his belt by the time he moved into a modified in 2007. In his first year behind the wheel of the modified, fourteen year-old Joey became the youngest driver to ever win during Oktoberfest in a modified at LaCrosse Speedway in Wisconsin.
In 2008 Joey moved into an ASA Late Model and finished fifth in points while earning rookie of the year honors at Hawkeye Downs Speedway.
2009 was a breakout season for the aspiring second-generation driver; he finished fifth in the crate Late Model points at the World Series of Stock Car racing at New Smyrna Speedway in February. Then in just his second year in a late model, Joey became the youngest late model champion ever at Hawkeye Downs.
Under the guidance of three-time ASA National Champion Miller, Gase will run an A-B-C style multi-series schedule including the Pro All Star Series, the ASA Challenge Series and the team will enter Joey in two Camping World East Series races. The first race the team will run together will be January 30th in the PASS Winterfest Super Late Model event at the New Smyrna Raceway.
Gase will also do some testing in SS Green Light Racing's NASCAR Camping World trucks this summer and may run a few late model races back home at Hawkeye Downs on off-weekends.
The SS Green Light Late Model team has proven to be one of the strongest in the country over the last several seasons accumulating 12 victories including six in 2009 while winning the ASA Late Models South division title and finishing second in the ASA Challenge Series point's championship.
Miller looks forward to the upcoming season working with another understudy. "Our test with Joey was very good. He was smooth and adapted well to a track he had never seen before."
"Most impressive to me was how well he communicated and listened during the test. I think Joey is a quick learner and we should have a good season together."
The young driver feels he is ready for the challenge ahead and is ready to work hard to reach his goal of racing in NASCAR some day. "My goal is to try to work my way up to Sprint Cup. I know that is a lofty goal, but I hope I can make it into one of NASCAR'S top three series."
"I really enjoyed the couple days I spent with Butch. I think I can learn a lot from him."
Joey's father Bob, who also raced at Hawkeye Downs before turning the wheel over to his son, has seen the desire his son has to move up to the next level of competition. "He's learned a lot of the fundamentals about racing from how to build a race car and how to maintain a race car. Having that knowledge is a very big step in moving up and try to win an ASA championship."
SS Green Light Racing owner Ken Smith feels the team can continue the performance it has shown over the last few seasons. "Butch and Troy (Smith) have done a great job working with some very talented young drivers over the last few seasons. We won our first championship last season in addition to winning six races and working with Joey this year we hope to continue that success on the track."
A complete schedule for Joey Gase and the SS Green Light Racing team will be released shortly.